SION Mills residents are said to be “outraged” this week that Strabane District Council sold off one of the only patches of recreational ground in the village.
The small grass area at the bottom of Meadow Crescent was sold at public auction some weeks ago, despite vocal opposition and written appeals from residents.
According to locals the patch of land had become cherished over the past 47 years – since the houses were first built – as a vital playground for children and those walking dogs.
“It’s scandalous,” local man John Neeson said this week. “To think that they can disregard local feeling, stick a for sale sign up and sell this land out from under everyone, it’s hard to believe.
“We’re not talking about a lot of land here, but it’s all we had.
“Every person on the street signed a petition against the sale which went to council via James O’Kane and yet still, council took the decision to sell. You’d have to wonder what they’re thinking down there.”
According to Mr Neeson, residents believe they are being treated like second class citizens and the dearth of facilities and council spend in the village is testament to this.
“No-one takes any interest in what goes on in the village and this latest sale proves this,” he continued.